Archive for Patient Tools

Can Patients Know Too Much?

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard August 2, 2011) Recently a series of videos appeared on a doctor education website, attempting to teach doctors how to deal with difficult patients. One of the videos was entitled, “The Patient Who Knows Too Much.” That video sparked a heated debate among empowered patients and professionals. Can […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Healthcare Quality, Media, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Making Integrative Choices – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard, June 21, 2011) Many migraine sufferers and patients with back pain choose acupuncture to relieve their pain. Breast cancer patients are finding improved outcomes from meditation as they go through chemotherapy. Both acupuncture and meditation are considered “complementary” therapies, as are yoga, reiki, therapeutic massage and similar therapies.  […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Is It Safe to Purchase Prescription Drugs Online?

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard, June 7, 2011) One question I’m asked frequently is whether it’s safe to purchase prescription drugs on the Internet. Whether you like the convenience or hope to save money by purchasing online, the short answer is “Sure! Go for it!” But that’s followed by some cautionary advice, too. […]

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Posted in: Follow the Money, Health /Medical Consumerism, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Privacy and Security, Self Help

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“Give Us Our Damned Data” Causes the First Meltdown in Awhile

Regina Holliday and Dr. Ted Eytan Photo compliments of R2DC on Flickr Regina Holliday’s husband, Fred, age 39, died of cancer in June 2009 leaving his wife, and his two young, beautiful children behind.  During their journey through the healthcare system to try to get Fred the help he needed, too many hurdles were put […]

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Posted in: Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Medical Records, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools

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H1N1 Swine Flu Rears It’s Ugly Head – Time for Help and Truth

There’s so little I can say about swine flu that hasn’t already been said.  And to that point, I’ve already said plenty! In fact, I’ve said it all on my About.com Guide to Patient Empowerment, so I figure it’s best just to give you a master list of all the articles I’ve written, by topic: […]

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Posted in: Follow the Money, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Self Help

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